THE SNOW HITS FRANCE
14th January 2019 | Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
Much of the French Alps has had a proper dump at last. Still not on the epic proportions of Austria, but looking good & now the sun’s out. UPDATED
It’s not been the perfect snowy January for many French resorts.
Last week some snow fell – but not in huge quantities.
Over the weekend it began to dump, and it kept going.
By Tuesday the snow had stopped and it was a bluebird day with perfect conditions.
Meribel, Tuesday 15th January
Megeve on Tuesday….
Morzine, Tuesday 15th January
And Chamonix, where on Tuesday afternoon Rupert Fraser reports: “Glorious weather and great snow… and empty slopes!”
Chamonix, Tuesday 15th January – photo Rupert Fraser
And it was looking pretty special in the area at lunchtime on Wednesday too.
This is Les Houches…
See here for our latest report on the clear up operation after the unprecendented snowfalls in some parts of the Alps:
Flaine in the Grand Massif ski area reported on Monday morning that it had been snowing heavily for two days:
La neige tombe en abondance depuis 2 jours ðŸ˜œ Top ! âš ï¸ risque d’avalanche : 4/5 âš ï¸ alors on fait attention ðŸ˜‰
Flaine, Monday 14th January
It was a winter wonderland in Peisey-Vallandry, part of the Les Arcs ski area.
The resort posted several photos on Monday.
How amazing is our playground today!! Tomorrow will be a BLUE BIRD day!!! Will you come and play??
Peisey-Vallandry, Monday 14th January
Arc 1950 posted this gorgeous image with fresh snow followed by sun:
Arc 1950 12th January
And in Les Arcs itself…
Snoworks in Tignes, Tuesday 15th January
It followed a lot of snow, even down to the bottom of the Tignes ski area in Les Brevieres at 1,550 metres.
Tignes Les Brevieres webcam, Monday 14th January
Up at a higher altitude in Tignes, it’s looking even better.
The resort posted this video on Monday, reporting 50cm of snow over the weekend:
And here is Val d’Isere next door…
Val d’Isere, Monday 14th January
La Rosiere, close to the Italian border, had at least 60cm at the weekend…
La Rosiere, Monday 14th January
In Megeve, they reported 30 cm of fresh snow on Sunday and it was continuing to fall.
Megeve, Sunday 14th January
And this is Chamonix….
Chamonix, Sunday 14th January
This selfie video comes from PlanetSKI reader Richard Critchlow in La Plagne on Sunday:
Courchevel, Sunday 13th January
Courchevel, Sunday 13th January
And neighbouring Meribel was looking pretty on Sunday night as the snow continued to fall …
Meribel, Sunday 13th January
The new snow has raised the avalanche risk, so care is needed if you’re planning to head off piste.
The avalanche safety expert Henry Schniewind of Henry’s Avalanche Talk, who is based in Val d’Isere, says there’s a real risk of remote triggering.
“Danger rating is level 4 nearly everywhere,” he said on Monday.
“”Recently we have experienced some very cold weather -20C & colder at 2000m.
“This has rotted old snow and created a very weak layer of old snow under the new snow.”
Further south in France, there’s not been as much snow, but at least there’s been some.
This was Alpe d’Huez early on Tuesday, looking set for a beautiful day…
Alpe d’Huez, Tuesday 15th January
Our friends at Tip Top Ski Coaching
sent us this video as they headed up the mountain in Les2Alpes on Monday morning: